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Photoshop Tutorial: How to Put a Face and Name onto Paper MONEY

August 31, 2019

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Over a year ago, I did a tutorial on
an earlier version of Photoshop showing how to put a face and name onto paper money. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to do
it quicker and better. I provided a Photoshop file for you to
download, so you can follow along. Its link is located in the video’s
description or project files. It includes this ten thousand dollar
bill template and a channel in which you can use to
place your engraved portrait into. As before, I’ll use the actor, Zach Galifianakis in the
place of honor. Open a photo of someone you’d like to
place into the bill. It can be color or black and white. If your photo is in color, desaturate it by pressing Ctrl + Shift + U on a PC or Cmd + Shift + U on a Mac. We need to make a selection around the
head and shoulders so we can cut it out from its background. I covered how to do this in many of my
other tutorials, so choose the method that’s the easiest
and most effective for you. Once you make the selection, press Ctrl + J on a PC or Cmd + J
on a Mac… to cut and copy it from the background… and place it onto its own layer. Type in the name of the person. Click on your new layer button to
make a new layer. We’ll fill it with white… and since white is the background color, press Ctrl + Delete on a PC or Cmd + Delete on a Mac. Click on your foreground color and type in 50% for the
Brightness. Then click, OK. Now… your foreground color is 50%
gray. To fill the layer with the foreground
color, press Alt + Delete on a PC… or Opt + Delete on a Mac. We’ll make the foreground and background
colors… default to black and white, respectively… by clicking on this overlapping box icon or by pressing “d” on your keyboard. At the top, go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open your Sketch folder and choose, Halftone pattern. Make the Size, 1… the Contrast, 50… and the Pattern Type, Line. Then, click OK. Go back to Filter… Distort and Wave. Make the number of generators, 1… the Wavelength, 159 and 160… the Amplitude 20 and 48… the Scale 100%… the Type, Sine… and Repeat Edge Pixels for the Undefined
Areas. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the thumbnail of
the person to make a selection of its shape. Click on your layer mask button to make
a new layer mask next to the active layer. Click on the thumbnail of the wavy
lines and change its Blend Mode to Overlay. Make a copy of the layer by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Click off the chain link of both layers. This allows us to move or re-size the
wavy lines and the layer masks independently of the other. Hide the original wavy line layer and press
Ctrl or Cmd + T to open your Transform tool. Go to a corner and when you see a double-curved,
arrow, press and hold, Shift as you rotate the transform 90 degrees. Press Ctrl or Cmd + Zero to see the entire transform on your
screen. To expand it past the shoulders, go to a corner, and when you see a straight
double-arrow… press and hold, Shift + Alt on a PC or Shift + Opt on a Mac and drag it out. Then, press Enter or Return. Make the layer visible an active. Hide the top layer. To make the wavy lines cover the bottom
of the body, open your Transform tool again and drag it out. Then, press Enter or Return. Make the top layer visible and fit the document on your screen. Click off the eyeball of the white
background to hide it. Make a composite snapshot of your image and place it on its own layer. To do this, first, make the top layer active and then press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on a
PC… or Cmd + Shift + Opt + E on a Mac. With your Move tool, drag it to the tab of the money template. Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag it down onto the image and then,
release. Open your Channels panel and Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on
the inner frame thumbnail to make it into a selection. Open back up your Layers panel and click on the layer mask button to make a layer mask next to the
portrait. Click off the chain link and make the head active. To reduce its size, open your Transform tool and fit it onto your screen. Reduce it to a size you like. To reposition it, click inside the
transform and move it. Continue to re-size and position it until
you’re happy. Then, press Enter or Return. Next, we’ll Colorize the head, so it
matches the rest of the bill. Fit it onto your screen and click on the Adjustment Layer button. Choose Hue Saturation. Click on the clip-to-layer icon. This restricts the adjustment layer to
effect only the one layer beneath it. Colorize it and make the Hue, 95… the Saturation, 8… and the Lightness, -3. The last steps will be to add the name
onto the bottom banner. Press, “z” to open your Zoom tool and drag across the banner to zoom into it. To reposition the image, press and hold the Space bar as you
move it. Open your horizontal type tool and
choose a font. I’m using, Legal Tender. You can download it from the link I
provided in the video’s description or project files. If you’re not sure how to install fonts, watch my tutorial on how to do this. I provided that link, as well. Make the Size, 11 points… Smooth… Center Alignment… and black for the color. Click below the center of the banner and type in a name. Click on the Text Warp button. Make the style, Horizontal… and the Bend, 25%. Then, click OK. Click on your Move tool… go to, View… and make sure “Snap” is not checked. If it is, simply click on it. Center your text on the banner. Reduce its opacity to 85%… and fit it back onto your screen. Have fun putting someone you know onto paper money. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  • Reply gta3boy October 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    hey how about a color money how can i change it and match the money color in my picture

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop October 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Use the Adjustment layer: Hue/Saturation. Check Colorize.

  • Reply Raymond St Paul October 5, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I'm having problems when it comes to downloading the Money template PSD file I tried to download it here from the tutorial but it keeps sending me to some other site that has all sorts of selections that make no sense to me what one do I choose? Is the money template a photo if so why can't I download it? Please provide step by step instructions am lost need help!

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop October 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Raymond St Paul…The PSD template works on my end, as well as for others. Try copying and pasting the link into another Browser.

  • Reply Raymond St Paul October 6, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Hello again question how do you get a photo to be used on the money image I've opened the money template but every time I open a photo to use my money template disappears. How do you get both to be in the photoshop? I think I'm missing something here in the process but can't figure out what it is please help?

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop October 6, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Raymond St Paul…Sorry, I don't know the reason why your money template disappears when you place your photo into it.

  • Reply manhal kayyas October 7, 2013 at 1:24 am

    its cool

  • Reply InfamousFilmz October 10, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Thank you for the tutorial, keep it up man.

  • Reply Raymond St Paul October 21, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Hello again I'm still having problems with this tutorial at the stage of Ctrl-click to make it into a selection then clicking layer mask button but I only get a white box instead of the one shown in the video also my photo is still in front of the money image even after clicking the chain off. Also my layers don't show a black an white character just a white box I'm not certain what I'm doing wrong. Can you please explain? I must have missed a step but can't figure where I did wrong? HELP!

  • Reply Blue Lightning TV Photoshop October 21, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    My head is spinning. For the first problem, it could be that your foreground and background colors aren't black and white, respectively. The other problems could be due to multiple reasons and unfortunately, without inspecting your file, it's hard to diagnose the source of the problems. .

  • Reply T Porras November 8, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Hello, I've had a lot of success using your tutorial but would you by any chance know why the thickness of the wavy lines vary from picture to picture? Sometimes they are thick and at other times, they are perfect just like your example. Unfortunately, when the lines are thick, it drowns out the details of the face I am using.  Advice would be appreciated.  Thanks.

  • Reply T Porras November 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Please ignore my question as I resolved it with your resolution suggestion below. =)

  • Reply Nevena Sterikova November 19, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    thanks. wanderful tutorial.

  • Reply iWaffleFTW November 28, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    what about the back of the bill?

  • Reply Bjarke December 26, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    +Raymond st Paul. when you ctrl-click. It's important that you click the Tumbnail of the layer and not just the layer

  • Reply Santiago Rico December 29, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Wow!!! I loved this tutorial. I previously watched another tutorial on placing portraits on dollar bills but wasn't satisfied with the end results. This tutorial is by far the best. It is well explained and the end results are amazing. Thanks for uploading!

  • Reply Frida Campos January 3, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    I love your tutorials: they are great!
    ps: ty for the template! 🙂

  • Reply PiercingArrow January 7, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Love the tutorial! It's simple, and detailed enough that I can let it play in the background

  • Reply SÍLVIO MERCYDIAMOND César January 26, 2014 at 5:22 am


  • Reply ryan Kelly January 28, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Great Tutorials! 5 Stars!

  • Reply Paulo Sequeira February 17, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Nice and easy 🙂 Thanks

  • Reply Tarkan Selahiye March 23, 2014 at 2:04 am

    This is Great. The back side of this 10,000 dollar bill to download would have been PERFECT for a full process. But thanks anyway… 

  • Reply ahmed bb April 1, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    thank you Marty you are the best

  • Reply Charles Webb April 11, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Simply AMAZING !!!; Where you there when they created Adobe?  they need to pay you to create their tutorials…

  • Reply Sheldon Thompson June 10, 2014 at 2:43 am


  • Reply Banism24 June 11, 2014 at 10:06 am

    inner frame also included?

  • Reply Valerio Bulla June 11, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Thank you SO much. The effect is fantastic and the tutorial is very well done. Cheers!

  • Reply Bicho Maledetto June 26, 2014 at 8:06 am

    That was simple and useful. Thank you very much.

  • Reply Crazy Gamers September 27, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I couldn't find Channels Panel D:<

  • Reply Squander Yonder October 5, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    at 2:37 my colours are the opposite way around the thinner line on his is black and on mine is white and his thicker line is white and mine is black what have i done wrong hhow can i fix it bcasue it makes my end result very very dark

  • Reply J Carson November 12, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Nice tutorial. I learned a lot from it. Thanks,

  • Reply Josh Dean November 26, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Hehe, "Galifiankis" instead of "Galifinakis" Awesome tutorial tho! 😀 

  • Reply LearnThaiGood December 5, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing this VDO. It exactly is what I'm looking for.

  • Reply kulwinder kaur December 16, 2014 at 8:58 am

    fantastic effect…

  • Reply Krash GP December 25, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Nice one, Thannk you much

  • Reply Edson Bison Hungwe January 12, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    how do yu create the moire effect in photoshop cc coz wen l tried pressing the down arrow 2 times and the right arrow 2 times nothing was happening

  • Reply Lizard King January 26, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    well, after doing an all nighter at the clubhouse, I gotta ride home and we swung into the bank, still drunk i took this bill out and asked for change. We are using a copy of this as my defence as the wanna give me 15 in the Fed pen… All in the name of fun .. phfftt the things we do for fun! 

  • Reply TheRealRoof February 10, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Channel is missing in the template

  • Reply T K February 15, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Great tutorial!
    Thanks so much!!!!

  • Reply Andre HQ March 2, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    how many pixels the picture should have?

  • Reply Christos G. March 2, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    What's the name of the Tutorial Voice program?

  • Reply PlazmaForce! Gaming and More! March 7, 2015 at 12:20 am

    You sound like Criss angel

  • Reply Gregg Hegle April 21, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Fun tutorial my students liked to complete.

  • Reply B C G April 23, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    What was the size of the image?

  • Reply djo lo June 20, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    it turned out okay, but its gray, i want it to have slight green-ish effect on the picture like on th ereal money how do i do that?

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  • Reply TheSparkPlug September 1, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    what was the image size?

  • Reply Josh Brown September 13, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Hey Marty! Left same comment on your channel. Please make a tutorial for putting someones face on Mount Rushmore.

  • Reply Christina Allary October 5, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Did you create the money template?

  • Reply Devil Jing November 28, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Thank you very much 😀

  • Reply DHRUV December 21, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    sir , can u make for me please ?

  • Reply Nami Heartilly February 4, 2016 at 1:01 am

    You spelt Galifianakis wrong 🙁

  • Reply trumpeter811 March 13, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Are we allowwed you use the money psd file for personal use? like if we would like to make a money version of ourselfs, and share it is that allowed? sorry i'm new to your videos and not sure if the images/templates you place below are free or not

  • Reply Federico Grosso March 21, 2016 at 1:21 am

    I would really like thank you. You're definitely a great teacher.

  • Reply Matthew Hill June 6, 2016 at 7:40 am

    This is amazing #2swag4me

  • Reply Prottoy Dipto June 14, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Man this is the best video.I just made my own bill.THANKS MAN!!!you are awesome..

  • Reply Petr Fiala June 23, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I give this dollar with image of my teacher like gift. 🙂

  • Reply Kerman Karwa June 25, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Thanks a lot
    lovely tutorial

  • Reply BAEKTI July 3, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    3:03 i fail here 🙁 i cant did that

  • Reply geliqueenida September 23, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    thank you!

  • Reply Steve Weakley December 5, 2016 at 1:18 am

    You are always very clear and specific very grateful for your tutorials.

  • Reply Julije Jelaska February 13, 2017 at 9:37 pm


  • Reply Pablo Aguiñaga May 25, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you, very very Very detailed and step by step well done, use it

  • Reply Siddhant Goyal June 5, 2017 at 6:27 am

    how to change money amount of bill

  • Reply JustGlitch June 20, 2017 at 6:12 am


  • Reply DojoFS July 8, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Will any currency do?

  • Reply Rafael López Fernández September 4, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Super complete, super clear voice. Super work!!!!

  • Reply jskrmk December 20, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Holy Cow!!! You're an awesome teacher. Thank you for your work. I've been using Photoshop Elements for several years and have just recently begun to feel like I was getting over the hump in my learning curve, and becoming comfortable with the software. I learned some things from you today, that I've been trying to learn for a while. Thank you again.

  • Reply Rob-karen Kennedy-parker December 24, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks for such a cear video with closeups.

  • Reply Amrinder Pannu December 28, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Like it

  • Reply Math29 January 2, 2018 at 6:26 am

    Excelente video!

  • Reply Steven Madara February 3, 2018 at 2:33 pm


  • Reply The Hand February 23, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Marty your video's have been great! I have learned so much from you THANK YOU

  • Reply Ahmed Arceo February 28, 2018 at 5:40 am

    subscribed! very impressive

  • Reply Jorge Luis March 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    No white shape template to place my picture included as you indicated to download.

  • Reply Sim D'Hertefelt April 13, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    For some reason this does not work when your document is 72 pixels/inch. You should set it to 96.

  • Reply edinho2005 April 14, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Thanks so much!!!

  • Reply EddieGee TV May 7, 2018 at 8:28 am

    can someone tell me why my halftone pattern lines are extremely close to eachother, i selected the exact same options but the lines are too close to eachother the effect it gives off is not the same

  • Reply Sea TV May 27, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Thank you

  • Reply Vadi TV June 3, 2018 at 11:29 am

    i have no halftone pattern how can i find it

  • Reply qaannat August 1, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    It's a good technique. And if you craft your own line overlays instead of relying on the wave filter randomness, you can put stuff exactly how you want to follow contours. Thanks for posting this.

  • Reply Khelalfa Moussa October 2, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    foooooooooooooor goooooooooood

  • Reply Alyssa Bjoin October 24, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Now i shall put mr krabs in a m o n e y

  • Reply Aria Azizi October 26, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Q U A L I T Y

  • Reply ラクガキッズ October 28, 2018 at 4:19 pm


  • Reply Saintly Label November 1, 2018 at 4:17 pm


  • Reply David Cardinal December 24, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Nice tutorial! do you have, by any chance, the other side?

  • Reply Светлана Кафтан January 10, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Кто украинский??? Лайк.

  • Reply Guilherme Gomes February 6, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    You are very talented! Thanks!

  • Reply Stephen Guild February 17, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Great tutorial Marty, can I ask if you can do a tutorial on how you combined the template and channel together so it can be adapted for other projects. I would like to apply this effect to another $1 or $100 bill template. Clarity of the tutorial is brilliant.

  • Reply can we hit 1000 subs with 1 vid February 28, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    I put Elon musk on the bill… Lol

  • Reply Richard March 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    whats the editor

  • Reply AlexFPS March 17, 2019 at 1:42 pm


  • Reply Poe int'l June 10, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Simple and sweet. Thanks

  • Reply The Wealth Vibe - Shana Green June 23, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Could I pay you to make one for me? How do I contact you?

  • Reply Javier Zelaya Galeano July 14, 2019 at 2:24 am


  • Reply ณชนก แก้วดํา July 18, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    what paper type

  • Reply supereyes August 5, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    4:43 Thank you for useful tips👍

  • Reply iT iS i tHe fLaSH August 21, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Best YouTube explainer

  • Reply iT iS i tHe fLaSH August 21, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    You should do a tutorial on how to replace the numbers and place your own

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